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Cancun remains the No. 1 top desired destination with regard to U.S.A vacation in foreign countries, due to economical flights from the States, 14 miles of coastlines, and carnival-style nightlife which changes the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for university students each and every single Spring Break. But in case you imagine this former Mayan trading city is simply a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you have not experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations intended for first-timers in Cancun: Sunshine, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The coasts of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is an upbeat party beach with calm, tranquil water including bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is without a doubt an escapist beach with white sand for vacationers wishing to escape the masses (and perhaps grab a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind tourists of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a distinctly mythic look and feel (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, take a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beach front ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would undoubtedly be a pity to leave Cancun without having a gander of the most wild, extreme club the party city has to give. Coco Bongo is a temple of extravagance to ridiculous proportions– a gigantic 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star imitators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and thousands of partiers moving to DJ-spun hits on any platform they can climb up onto. Isla Mujeres This little island off the coast of Cancun is certainly a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are excellent for laying out under the sun after an intimate meal at one of the island’s eateries, and the blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula achieves a distinct experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes that you can gain access to via rappelling into caverns. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya contain a number of offshore dive sites. But assuming that your tank skills are up to par, one of the best areas to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, developed by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures displayed at the bottom of the sea. Brand new to scuba diving? Don’t worry. Scuba Cancun can easily set anyone up with a newcomer’s diving session then a museum dive for $80.

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